Whether taking your upholstered furniture in to a professional upholsterer, or redoing furniture in your own home or studio, webbing techniques play a large role in the comfort and appearance of your piece.
Jute webbing has been around for centuries. It remains popular today for its versatility and strength. Until the 1950s, it was the only material used for webbing. Two grades of jute are sold. The higher grade will generally be marked with a red pen and the lower grade with black.
Jute is applied in vertical and horizontal strips to the front, back and sides of the furniture piece and must be applied and secured completely taut to hold weight properlyf and avoid sagging. It can be stapled or webbing clips may be used to secure the jute to furniture.
Rubber webbing offers more elasticity than jute. Whereas jute requires the use of coil springs for comfort, rubber can go without springs entirely. Rubber therefore offers more freedom with the design elements of the couch or chair, although comfort may be affected. Rubber also can be more economical than jute. Rubber webbing is applied using either staples or clips.
Polyolefin webbing is a synthetic option with the same applications as jute. It is both rot-resistant and mildew-resistant. Stylistically, like jute, it requires the use of coil springs for comfort.
Steel webbing is rarely used today. When used, it is used for durability and expected heavy loads. Steel also offers a sag-free line to the piece. It can be hammered into the wood with heavy-duty upholstery steel nails. Steel webbing is available online, although it is not always easy to find.
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